VOORHEESVILLE – On Thursday, December 31, 2009, Elaine V. Price Bailey, 64, also known as “Aunt Elaine” was called into Heaven by the Angels of God while surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with lung cancer. Elaine was born to the late Grace and William Price of Manhattan. She shared many years of marriage and friendship with her husband Dennis Bailey, they enjoyed traveling especially to the ocean, which brought them to live in Myrtle Beach, SC from 2008 to the present. Prior to moving in 2008 she resided in Albany and Guilderland, NY. She owned and operated her own beauty salon from her home, as well as worked as a switchboard operator for Answerphone. Elaine volunteered for many years at the Community Gardens at Farnsworth Middle School with many of her friends from Heritage Village where she resided for many years before moving south. Elaine was a very religious woman, she nurtured, loved and treated everyone she met like they were the most special person in the world. She never judged anyone. If you needed a place to stay she opened her door, if you needed a meal she fed you and if you needed a hug she loved you. She will be greatly missed by many from here and afar.
Elaine is survived by her only son Al Dillenbeck of Voorheesville to whom she devoted her life. She loved and enjoyed being a part of caring for her twin granddaughters, Alli Elaine and Alexa Elizabeth Dillenbeck who were her pride and joy. She shared a very special relationship with her “daughter in law” Jill Conley. Elaine was very close to her sisters, Patricia Cross of Voorheesville, Grace Putnam of Altamont, Gaye Sagar and Maureen Price of Albany, and her brother Richard Price of Altamont. Aside from her undying devotion to her family which includes many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, she is also survived by her stepdaughters and their husbands Debra and Daniel Holser of Averill Park, Donna and Allen Gould of Wynantskill, Denise and Frank Zibura of Greenville, Dawn and Tim Doherty of East Greenbush and 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Elaine was a very loyal friend to everyone she came in contact with, especially Mary Valenti and Shirley Smith who were like sisters to her, and Lenny her feline angel until her death.
The entire family would like to express their deep appreciation to the St Peter’s Community Hospice for their exceptional care that was give to Elaine. The family would also like to give a special thank you to Judy and Shirley for keeping her comfortable and dignified. Services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made in her memory to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, view or print a prayer card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Gaye & Family:
I never met your sister Elaine, but I can appreciate what a loss you must feel after reading the beautiful description of her. I pray you find comfort in the memories you share and peace from the love that will continue to strenghten you as a family.
Joan and Larry Ross
I first met Elaine when she was my mom’s ( Adele Isen ) neighbor and friend at Heritage Village in Guilderland.
She soon became our friend too.
Elaine exhuded such wonderful energy, and a positive outlook on Life. She was always happy and pleasant and had a strong faith and trust in God .
She enjoyed my visits whenever I brought my two small dogs Cosmo and Midge to my mom’s and always offered to watch them for us.
Last year we were lucky to visit Elaine and Denny in South Carolina. We were treated to dinner and she had made crate covers for the dogs as well as preparing a food care package for us when we left.
I feel blessed that Elaine called me when arriving at Voorheesville and blessed that I was even a small part of her large circle of friends and family
I am deeply saddened by her passing but I am sure Elaine would not want me to feel that way, knowing her upbeat look on Life.
Our sincere condolances to Denny and Elaine’s family.
We wish you all comfort and peace .
Joan and Larry Ross
To Patty, Grace, Gaye, Maureen and Richard
My sincerest apologies for not being able to attend Elaine’s service.
I would like to extend my condolences to all of you and let you know that I share your grief.
I still have the little stuffed doll with the beautiful note along with the photo of Patty, Grace, Elaine and Mary. They sit over my computer and have kept me company through good and bad times.
I will always cherish the wild and woolly days of growing up poorer than church mice and never knowing it because we had the love of life and the great adventure called down town Albany. I love you all.
Please call me and say hello. I would love to hear from you.
My Heart goe’s out to Elaine’s family.
I know everyone that new Elaine must today be feeling a broken heart.My prayers will be with you when you go through that jouney of trying to heal.
I am so sorry’Judy
Judith Dillenbeck Williams
I send my most heartfelt sympathy to Alan,Dennie and all Elaine’s sisters for their great lose. I know what it is like to loose a sister. Elaine was a huge part of many people’s lives over many years. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Judith and Ronnie
Joe and Denise Sturgis
Our deepest sympathy to the Family of “Aunt Elaine” We will greatly miss her kind and caring ways!!
Gaye, Maureen, Grace, Patty, Richard,
I will miss Elaine. She was the ray of sunshine everytime she came into the room. Her ability to make us all laugh, I will always miss. She really had a warm heart
My thoughts and prayers go out to Gaye, Maureen, Patty, Grace and Richard.
I hope this is just for here, as I sent my condolences twice at the paper. When I didn’t have any place to live, or any food, most of my friends didn’t know it, but Elaine did. She used to bring me sandwiches at Charlies when I was there. Its so good to see all of you remembering Elaine, and the kindness that she really showed so many of us. When I finally got a job, Elaine congratulated me on buying some new clothes, and having one of May Carlson’s Apts on Lancaster. We all drift apart, but I have never forgotten any of you. I have a picture of Elaine with a great big smile on her face, and that’s how I will remember her. If any of you want to get in touch, my number is 904-721-2627. If not, please call 904-207-2134, and leave me a message so I can call you back. All of you were a part of some of the best times in my life. I thank you for it.
To Elaine’s family and extended family
It did not surprise me last evening at Elaine’s service. The overflowing of friends family and acquantices and the love that was shared was evident. I wanted to say thank you to Vicky and Jim Conde for opening up their hearts, home, and generosity to her Aunt Elaine. Vicky and Jim’s strength, patience, and love in caring for Aunt Elaine was appreciated by all and will never be forgotten. Love the “other ” sister. JoAnn